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To destroy or severely damage something - thesaurus

Synonyms

destroy

verb

to damage something so severely that it no longer exists or can never return to its normal state

ruin

verb

to destroy or severely damage something

devastate

verb

to seriously damage or completely destroy something

eat away

to gradually destroy something

rip apart

to destroy something completely

obliterate

verb

to destroy something completely

ravage

verb

to destroy something or damage it very badly

mutilate

verb

to damage something seriously, or to spoil it completely, especially by removing part of it

shatter

verb

to destroy or seriously damage something

smash/break/tear etc something to pieces

to break something into so many pieces that it is completely destroyed

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annihilate

verb

to destroy a group of people or things completely

bugger

verb

Britishimpolite to break something

bugger up

Britishimpolite to spoil something or do something badly

burn

verb

if a chemical burns something, it damages it by destroying the places it touches

bust

verb

informal to break or damage something very badly

chew up

informal if something gets chewed up, it becomes torn apart and destroyed

corrode

verb

chemistry if metal or another substance corrodes, or if something corrodes it, it is gradually destroyed by a chemical reaction

cripple

verb

to damage something severely, or to prevent it from working properly

crush

verb

to hit or press something so hard that you damage it severely or destroy it, especially by making its shape flatter

cut a (wide) swathe through something

formal to move through something and cause a lot of change or destruction

decimate

verb

to spoil or destroy something, for example by getting rid of a lot of people

devour

verb

to destroy something completely

engulf

verb

to cover or surround something in a way that harms or destroys it

erase

verb

to destroy something completely

extirpate

verb

very formal to completely destroy or get rid of something

flatten

verb

to destroy something completely

fuck up

offensive an extremely offensive expression that means to spoil or damage something completely

knacker

verb

Britishvery informal to hurt, damage, or destroy something

knock out

to destroy something, or to stop it working

lay something waste/lay waste to something

to cause very serious damage to a place, especially in a war

mangle

verb

to damage or hurt someone or something seriously by twisting or crushing them so that they no longer have their correct shape

pummel

verb

to cause a lot of damage to a place

reduce to

to make something change into a different form by damaging it or crushing it

rip the heart out of something

to destroy or seriously damage something

sack

verb

if an army or military group sacks a place, they steal a lot of property from it and destroy it

shoot up

mainly American to destroy something by shooting bullets at it

shred

verb

to destroy a document by putting it into a shredder

spell doom for

to cause the end, death, or destruction of someone or something

strike/deal a mortal blow (to something)

to completely destroy something

swallow up

to destroy something completely, or to make it disappear

sweep away

to destroy or to completely remove something

take out

informal to kill someone

tear apart

to damage or destroy something completely by breaking it into pieces

tear/rip to shreds

to cause a lot of damage to something

tear up

to destroy something such as a piece of paper or cloth by pulling it into pieces

tear up

to damage or destroy something by attacking it violently

torpedo

verb

informal to destroy someone or something

total

verb

informal to completely destroy a vehicle

trash

verb

informal to damage or destroy something, either deliberately or because you did not take good care of it

turn something to dust

to completely destroy something

vandalise

a British spelling of vandalize

vandalize

verb

to deliberately damage or destroy things, especially public property

wipe something off/from the map

to destroy something, or to make it disappear completely

wreak havoc/destruction

to cause very great harm or damage

write off

British to damage a vehicle so badly that it is not worth repairing

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